“The Lockout’s Been A Blessing”July 13th, 2011
Joe’s intrigued to learn how the Bucs and the rest of the NFL might learn from the physical successes and failures that emerge after the lockout. Joe touched on this Monday.
No doubt some guys will be in better shape because they didn’t spend time with OTAs and the organization in the offseason and used the time more hyperfocused on improving their own bodies and weaknesses.
Count Davin Joseph in the group of guys who has used the lockout to his advantage, so he explained on WDAE-AM 620 today during the Ron and Ian Show. Joseph went so far as to call the lockout “a blessing.”
“It’s common along a lot of the guys in the league is feeling like they really have time to recover and they’ve taken this time to improve themselves in areas that they know they need improvement. You know, it’s hard during OTA’s and things of that sort to go to a team workout, where it’s just a general workout, and then having the energy to go and do something else to improve yourself,” Joseph said.
“So just having your own control of the offseason has helped a lot of guys. It’s going to hurt some guys. But I think a majority of the guys are really taking the time to improve themselves.
“[The lockout] definitely was a blessing. I’m not going to go around that and say I miss OTAs. I miss the locker room more than anything. That’s one thing I do miss. But just having the time to work on the small things, the lockout’s been a blessing.”
As Joe wrote earlier, Joseph said he’s religiously training with Jeremy Trueblood and they’ve incorporated yoga into their routines.
Joe wonders whether it’s primarily true veterans like Joseph — of the which the Bucs don’t have many — that have the maturity and savvy to maximize the lockout time to their physical advantage.